Laws to stand for ORC seat
Former mayor and broadcaster Michael Laws hopes to inject some energy into a regional council that has the ‘‘unfortunate reputation for being a rest-home for burned out local body politicians’’.
Laws, currently a public advocate and writer living in Cromwell, is standing for a seat on the Otago Regional Council.
‘‘I think they need to have more energy. They have the unfortunate reputation for being a rest-home for burned out local body politicians.’’
Management of the environment as it came under stress of development and tourism was a key imperative.
‘‘The Central Otago-Lakes region is one of the fastest growing in New Zealand. The infrastructure is struggling to cope, and the demands of development, the tourism industry and the environment need to be carefully balanced. One thing is for certain: tourists come for the beauty and grandeur of the natural environment. Compromising that environment is a recipe for economic and environmental loss.’’
Wanaka based scientist Dr Maggie Lawton is also standing for a seat on the regional council representing the Dunstan Ward.
‘‘The region is in growth mode, living here is good and there are many opportunities to grasp. Infrastructure needs to keep pace with demand while ensuring there are no unintended consequences to natural resources and natural heritage; the mountains, lakes and river, soils, land and biodiversity that sustain our economy and our spirit as we develop and diversify our economic base.’’
If elected, Lawton would use the analytical skills she developed while a forensic scientist and the knowledge gained in issues in rural and urban sectors while a science manager in environmental research.
Milton constable Will Pentelow is no stranger to the birthing process.